BORCH Gallery | ADAM JEPPESEN | FROM THE SHADOW LAND | Berlin | Nov 26 – Jan 28


Adam Jeppesen and master printer Mette Ulstrup discussing proofs for Tyler H
Adam Jeppesen and master printer Mette Ulstrup discussing proofs for Tyler H

26 November 2022 – 28 January 2023

BORCH Gallery

In-Person Viewing:
Goethestrasse 79, 10623 Berlin Germany

Virtual Viewing:

Opening on 26 November, 11 am – 6 pm

BORCH Editions is pleased to present From the Shadow Land, an exhibition of prints by Danish artist Adam Jeppesen at our Berlin Gallery.

‘Time is of the essence’, goes the famous saying, urging us not to waste any precious seconds. However, for Adam Jeppesen, time is the essence. Jeppesen engages time itself as an agent of chance and unpredictability, converting it into a driving force behind his oeuvre. Time is an essential part of his process and a permanent invisible presence that imbues all his artworks, lingering long after the creation process is complete.

The triptych Tyler H (2022) features large ominous eyes that slowly appear from a scattering of random marks and earth tones, which have been printed from photogravure plates and overlaid with incidental textures from the backside of disused etching plates. The resulting three-part image is not clearly defined but heavily blurred, yet we can make a face out of the abstraction. Jeppesen is giving encouragement to the human tendency of constantly seeking meaning in randomness.

The print is related to Amos (since 2021), a series of transitory portraits, so-called anthotypes, for which Jeppesen exposes plant-dyed paper to the sun underneath large glass negatives over the course of weeks, sometimes months. The natural pigments from the eucalyptus leaves that are used to dye the paper are not lightfast; therefore, the color slowly fades where the light penetrates the glass. Each portrait from the series was originally created by an AI algorithm with a vast database of millions of images taken from the internet. Jeppesen’s process of creating seductively beautiful images using handmade, natural materials and etching techniques, obscures the otherwise sinister implications of their source. By building a bridge between the synthetic and the natural, Adam Jeppesen draws attention to the numerous existing connections between humans and artificial intelligence technology and how these algorithms have infiltrated everyday life, at times without our knowledge.

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